Friday, December 31, 2010
The sluggish economy and rising costs of college have only intensified questions about whether expensive, prestigious colleges make any difference
Also read: Room For Debate: Does It Matter Where You Go to College?
Thursday, December 30, 2010
More universities are offering the degree, which combines graduate studies in science and business, as demand rises.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sponsors drop out, financing is cut and organizers scramble for money.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Programs in the Japanese medium are becoming a major attraction as universities vie for a dwindling pool of students, creating a talent pool for local businesses.
Monday, December 27, 2010
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is planning to add extra information — probably median grades, and perhaps more — to transcripts, among other measures.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Stress and the High School Student NYTimes Room for Debate
What can schools and parents do to relieve some of the résumé-building pressure that young people are feeling?
- Reconsider Attitudes About Success Alfie Kohn, author
- What Happened to Childhood? Clara Hemphill, The New School
- Homework's Diminishing Returns Harris Cooper, psychologist, Duke University
- The Home-School Advantage Anne Galivan, home-schooler
- It Starts Before High School Nancy Kalish, co-author, "The Case Against Homework"
- Change the Pace of the School Day Denise Pope, Stanford University School of Education
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Alternate: Real ACT Prep Guide with CD-Rom
Friday, December 24, 2010
The Common Application, accepted by more than 400 colleges, cuts some answers off at the margins.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The Early College High School Initiative program has flourished in the Rio Grande Valley thanks to collaboration between local leaders in public and higher education.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
A Senate vote blocking a bill to grant legal status to illegal immigrant students set back an emerging movement and rebuffed the administration’s policy
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sending a sharp warning to employers nationwide, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Kaplan Higher Education Corporation on Tuesday, accusing it of discriminating against black job applicants through the way it uses credit histories in its hiring process.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, is a two-hour test that compares the performance of fifteen-year-olds. In the latest test, the countries with the best readers were South Korea and Finland. But students in Shanghai, China, scored the highest of all in reading, mathematics and science. download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Gates Foundation research found that students who rated their teachers highly also scored better on standardized tests than their peers.
Document: Learning about Teaching
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
With public colleges reeling from budget reductions, instruction in foreign languages, particularly European ones, is on the chopping block.
Monday, December 13, 2010
In Hong Kong, where I lived until I was 14, most expat kids had more than one passport; spoke English, Cantonese (curse words were the gateway) and at least one romance language; and we could emulate several accents convincingly. We were well-designed for espionage...
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The nation’s high school graduation rate may have hit bottom and begun to rise, according to a report issued by a nonprofit group founded by former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Research doctorate degrees were awarded to 49,562 students by American academic institutions in the 2008-09 academic year.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Bill Gates is financing research by dozens of social scientists and thousands of teachers to develop a better system for evaluating classroom instruction.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
If China's graduates are unable to capitalize on their costly investment in education, then is it worthwhile for students to obtain a college degree? What does the imbalance say about China's education system and its economy in general?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
VOAVideo: Illegal Immigrants in US Push for Passage of Dream Act
U.S. lawmakers before the end of the year are expected to consider a controversal immigration reform measure that would give tens of thousands of young illegal immigrants a chance to become legal residents by going to college or joining the armed forces. The proposed legislation is known as the Dream Act . VOA's Chris Simkins tells us about it.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
What students should know about the value of a big-name school.
Will you have a better life if you graduate from an elite school? Students and their parents think the answer is yes, and competition for slots at top-ranked (and costly) schools seems higher than ever. Having a big name college on your resume can impress employers, friends and the opposite sex.
The Times columnist Gail Collins says this national fixation makes little sense. "We can do a great service to the youth and parents of America by telling them to stop obsessing about choosing a college," she wrote recently in The Conversation blog. "Kids, you do not need to go to a school with a name that impresses your friends. Go to a school you can afford."
If enough people took her advice, the spell might be broken. In the meantime, what should sensible and ambitious students keep in mind about where they go to school?
- What You Do vs. Where You Go Martha O'Connell
- Access to Money and Power Anthony P. Carnevale
- Merit and Race Luis Fuentes-Rohwer
- Graduate School Matters More David W. Breneman
- Numbers Favor Top Schools Richard D. Kahlenberg
- Skip the Admissions Game Kevin Carey
- The Specialization Trade-Off James Shulman
Monday, December 6, 2010
Figment.com, created by former staff members of The New Yorker, gives teenagers a chance to show what they’re reading and writing.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
To think like the brightest engineering minds at Stanford University, grab some pipe cleaners, Post-it notes and a cup of ramen noodles. Push the furniture out of the way, and get ready to write on walls - and floors...
Thursday, December 2, 2010
As tuition at U.S. colleges increasingly becomes less affordable for many, some American high schoolers are looking to the U.K. to meet their educational needs.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The price of tuition may give you a little "sticker shock" when you first look at how much your college education will cost. Don't fear: there are tons of grants and scholarships out there to help you pay for it. Check out these resources!